- Excellent overall. Disappointed one of our trips was cancelled but the holiday was great.
Discover Italy's stunning heartland
Enjoy a wonderful chance to relax in a rolling landscape of vineyards and olive groves, clusters of dark cypress trees and ancient hill-top towns. One of Italy's most attractive regions, Tuscany offers a magical blend of unspoiled scenic beauty, history, culture and fine food and wine.
Single rooms are available for a supplement
The spa-resort of Chianciano Terme, 60 miles from Florence, boasts a wonderful climate. It comprises two settlements - the old hill-town and the modern spa town below it - and offers some excellent shops as well as many small gelaterie, bars, cafes and restaurants.
Fly to Italy and transfer to Chianciano Terme and your hotel.
Spend the day relaxing at the hotel, or explore the surrounding area. Our Tour Manager will be happy to suggest places to visit and things to do.
Siena, our destination on today's included excursion, is one of the most perfectly preserved medieval cities in Europe - its centrepiece the shell-shaped piazza where the traditional 'Palio' horse race is held each year. From here, we head to spectacular, hill-top San Gimignano, with its beautiful towers, medieval walls and cathedral.
Our first optional excursion offers a wonderful introduction to the Eternal City, Rome. Discover the Vatican, St Peter's Basilica, Michelangelo's sublime Sistine Chapel ceiling, the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. Afterwards, you're free to soak up the atmosphere of the city that gave us "la dolce vita".
On our second optional excursion we'll travel to ancient Perugia in neighbouring Umbria. Stroll its famous people-watching street, the Corso Vannucci, and see its cathedral and medieval centre before heading on to Assisi, birthplace of Italy's patron Saint, and home to Umbria's greatest glory - the magnificent Basilica.
Revel in the wonders of Florence, Italy's beautiful Renaissance capital, on our first included excursion. See the magnificent Florentine skyline, explore Santa Croce and cross the medieval Ponte Vecchio. For art lovers, the Accademia houses Michelangelo's peerless statue of David, and the Uffizi, Botticelli's exquisite 'Birth of Venus' (gallery entry is payable locally).
On today's optional excursion you'll discover the delights of 'Chianti-shire', a region of rolling hills and walled towns usually bathed in golden sunlight. Visit ancient Castelnuovo Berardenga; beautiful, fortified Monteriggioni; and Radda in the region's very heart. You'll also have opportunities for wine tasting and sampling local delicacies at two working Chianti vineyards.
Transfer back to the airport for check-in and your flight home.
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